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Ready for your Chromecast but aren't down with the more-than-two-week wait to get it directly from the Play Store? No worries, Amazon will be your Huckleberry – it has the unit available now for $35, with no shipping costs, and you should have it in just a few days' time.

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For those who may not have been around for the news, the Chromecast is an HDMI dongle that plugs into your TV and allows you to beam videos, movies, music, and more directly from your tablet, phone, laptop, or Chromebook Pixel. It currently works with YouTube, Netflix, Play Music, Play Movies & TV, and a few others that should cover basically all your bases. In fact, three months of free Netflix is along for the ride if you pick one up, which is good for both new and existing customers. It basically pays for itself.

These will likely be gone soon, so head here to grab yours now.

Thanks, Jeff Schultz!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Daniel Petersen

    But nothing for Europe :-(

  • Ryan

    Includes 3 free months of Netflix (includes existing customers)

    So net $11

    Sold!

    http://google.com/chromecast/offer

    • Thomas

      Cost me $37 on Amazon so net $7 dollars here.

      • Ryan

        Not sure how you paid $37. It's 35 shipped, no tax. Also, 3 months of netflix = $24, so even if you did pay $37, net is $13

        • Freak4Dell

          Amazon collects taxes in 10 states.

          • Ryan

            Oops forgot. Guess I live in one of the lucky 40

    • Kenny O

      I was on the fence as I already have streaming devices on all my TV's......"So net $11" - this pushed me over.

      • Justin W

        The "Free netflix" pushed me over. I have a smart tv, so I don't truly need this, but it's more portable than my TV and I can use it with other things my TV doesn't allow (music from Play Music), or others it doesn't do very well (Youtube). More reason for me to sit in front of my TV :)

  • jani jokela

    i would order if i could but they donĀ“t send it to finland

  • sciwizam

    "allows you to beam videos, movies, and music directly from your tablet, phone, laptop, or Chromebook Pixel."

    Also Chrome Tabs

  • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

    Not for Brazil :/

  • Booyabobby

    Thank you! Just ordered one.

  • jamaall

    i placed the order as soon as i saw it lol

  • Chippah

    Google Needs to Add Chromecast support for Google TV. IF NOT, this this reinforces their halfassery, and getting consumers to beta test. (Nexus Q - HBO GO.)

    Google TV is much more robust, you can stream all your nas video content via plex server, or serenity, and on the new LG Google TV units the remote has a built in mix to use Voice search when your lazy. you just talk to the mic and it brings you anywhere..

  • Matt

    Can confirm, Amazon won't ship it to Australia either :/

  • Mr E

    I got mine! $0 total after Amazon points!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Got one. Heck, getting a 2nd one. Beats Google Play's shipping costs by a long margin.

    • Scott

      Amazon Prime is awesome.

  • Wyatt Neal

    DAMNIT! I already bought it from the play store!

    • Nishant

      so did I, but I cancelled my play store order

    • cabbott9

      So cancel that order and get it from Amazon! I just did it and saved the $4 on shipping while getting it a week earlier.

      • youareme7

        i've been trying to cancel but it always says there's a problem, sad

        • cabbott9

          That's not good. I just went to https://play.google.com/store/account and clicked on the "info" link for my Chromecast order then selected the cancel order button. I got an email shortly after confirming that my order was cancelled and all charges would be refunded.

    • Jake

      Cancel it and order it from Amazon. That's what I did. :)

      • Wyatt Neal

        Well, I did order it from amazon ... but canceling the Google play one (2x) still hasn't worked ... guess I'll just have 2 :)

  • danielohrlund

    Not available from Sweden :(

  • oesjmr

    Ordered mine!

  • Christopher Heuer

    Nice! Canceled my "ships by August 7" order from Google Play and now I'll be getting one on Friday instead.

  • lensgrabber

    Cancelled my Play order and got it from Amazon. Should be here Friday. (gotta love Prime)

    • rascaltwitch

      I got the "Ships by Aug 7th" note on my Play store receipt, but when I try to cancel the order, I get a notification that it has already been packed and can't be canceled. Fingers crossed this isn't another Play store shipping disaster.

    • Casin

      The article link says out of stock. The one I ordered said it ships August 21. Wtf?

    • RFSUP

      I did the same thing.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Does it come with the free Netflix for 3 months?

    Update: It does.

    • Scott

      For the love of god, did you even read the article?

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        Oh maybe when I updated my post and said it does?

      • Justin

        When he posted his question, the amazon page didn't have the promotion listed.

  • AirForceOne88888

    Well I ordered it from Amazon but how do I redeem/get a code for the free three months of Netflix. I've never even used Netflix before. :)

    • Eric Jones

      It said it will come in an email after you purchase it. Here is more info. https://cast.google.com/chromecast/offer

      • AirForceOne88888

        Okay thanks man. Guess I'll be watching for the email. :-)

      • AirForceOne88888

        Thanks man, I'll be watching for the email. :-)

  • Kevin Opeth

    Canceled my play order. Placed my amazon order. Free 2 day prime shipping hopefully I get it soon!

    • Wyatt Neal

      I bet this is going to be an interesting review in Google wallet's data tracking with all these cancel / rebuy-at-amazon things going on. You know neither google or amazon is making a dime off of it.

      • Kevin Opeth

        I bet Google is happy to let Amazon handle the shipping and customer service for this device. I know with the Nexus 4 during initial release, it was a nightmare.

  • wctaylor79

    And .. that will open up more inventory on the Play store.. Canceled and free shipping from Amazon..

    • wolfkabal

      I did the same thing!

    • bozs13

      same :)

    • Bradley Ruiz

      same here :)

    • Aleksey_US

      Now it's got ships in 3-4 weeks estimate on there... I'll wait for the Play Store.

    • Justin W

      Same here... Two day shipping free with Prime and I'll get it Friday :)

  • Thomas Anders

    Done.. Android Police rocks! Now if I can just win something.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    35 $, it will be 135 $ in my country.. Fuck this tax shit..

    • r4v5

      I have no qualms with sending you one if you'd like. All I'd ask is the cost of shipping plus a buck or two for a box. Unfortunately, the price jumped up to $70 from third parties only.

  • Mastermind26

    Cancel from google's and repurchase????

    • Mastermind26

      Crap! Not letting me cancel from goog's page!!!
      >:/

      • Bradley Ruiz

        try again mine didnt work the first 2 times

        • Mastermind26

          Guess, nothing to do but keep on tryin'.
          Thanks. :)

          • Mastermind26

            It's beginning to feel like Google doesn't WANT me to cancel my order with them.

          • Benjamin Rubenstein

            Friend was told that after 1 hour, you can't cancel. I just cancelled my Amazon one. No need for 2. Not worth going crazy over a few bux.

          • Mastermind26

            well crap!

          • rubik

            Amazon order shows as having already shipped (Prime, free Friday delivery) so probably can't cancel that one here...

            On the phone with "Google Support" to try cancelling but they keep hanging up on me after 15-20 mins of waiting. Awesome "support"... /facepalm

        • rubik

          Nothing but "There Was a Problem - We could not cancel your order at this time. Please try again later." messages after clicking on and off for about 10 minutes. Will keep trying, I guess.

      • Mastermind26

        Ended up cancelling on Amazon since the delivery date is farther than google's. $4 extra, I guess I can't complain too much.

        Meh.

    • Tony Byatt

      Keep it and sell it to someone overseas...

      • Mastermind26

        Mmmm. maybe.
        If it doesn't let me cancel, I guess that will be the only choice!
        C'mon goog!

      • Justin W

        ... How much are you willing to pay? Jk, I cancelled it already and got one through Amazon.

        • Tony Byatt

          Ha, ordered mine from Amazon as well...

  • http://youtube.com/coolosertech ThaCooLoser

    - It's the same as having DLNA. Somebody convince me why to buy one of these because I already been able to do this since my Galaxy Nexus first came out.
    - Is there something more I would get out of this?
    - Is it safe to think there will be a hack where you can have a mirror image of exactly what shows on your devices screen!?

    • Eric Jones

      This probably doesn't benefit you much, except for maybe if you have friends over often that don't have DLNA. This is great for me because my tv doesn't support DLNA.

    • gspida

      Well what do ya know it's thacooloser for sho lol

      • http://youtube.com/coolosertech ThaCooLoser

        =]

  • Tony Byatt

    Easiest Decision Ever...

  • Jess

    If I already have a Apple TV, PS3, and 360, what benefits could I see if I got one of these?

    • Anthony Evans

      what I was thinking to. Also for a bit more i can get a smart TV HDMI adapter and do all that plus use android apps

    • Jordan

      If you have an iPhone none because this is basically like Apples Airplay. If you have an android device you want to stream content from, well you get that benefit lol.

      • Jess

        I would never have a iphone. I got 3 android phones, 2 android tablets and a chrome book. But trying to justify the spending if I can already use Youtube and such with my other devices.

  • George Varghese

    I already ordered mine from Amazon. For $11, this is a steal. Muahaha

  • PhineasJW

    Cool device.

    Wish it would let me stream video from my phone directly.

    Also, this appears to need a USB power adapter, though none of the press photos show any external cables. Don't get me wrong, it's still very portable, but it's not truly a 2" self-contained stick. From the sounds of it, you need to plug it into the wall ... so I'm guessing it's drawing more than 500mA.

    • youareme7

      if the tv has usb you can power the device that way, the instructions show that anyway

      • PhineasJW

        That's cool. So it must pull less than 500mA.

      • PhineasJW

        Ended up plugging it directly into the receiver. And, yes, grabbing a USB power port on the receiver to power it. Cheers.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Can someone help the non-techie... how does this compare to (say) Roku, which I was seriously considering buying (along with subscribing to Netflix, Hulu Plus)?

    • Benjamin Rubenstein

      Hi, Ezzie :-)

      • Ezzie Goldish

        Hi yourself, Benjamin. Now answer the Q. :)

        • Benjamin Rubenstein

          First, keep in mind that you can't use this until Sammy upgrades you to 4.3 (at least not from your phone). Also, Roku itself is doing the streaming. This is you essentially issuing commands to Google, Netflix, or whoever bakes in Chromecast support, and them streaming it down to your TV, leaving you computer or phone as a remote control. Very cool. Lots of possibilities. I'm sure Hulu will jump on board very soon.

          • Ezzie Goldish

            Sammy? bakes? Otherwise I think I followed...

          • Benjamin Rubenstein

            Samsung (you have a GS3, so they have to upgrade you to 4.3). And bakes means add support for Chromecast functionality into their apps.

          • Ezzie Goldish

            Got it. So wouldn't make sense quite yet, but would once they do.

          • arturodelac

            That's totally wrong you need 2.3 and up so 4.1 will work

          • Benjamin Rubenstein

            You are totally right. I realized I misread Google's site. For some reason I thought it said 4.3 and not 2.3. Thanks for clarifying!

    • Eric James Salcido

      I would say this is seriously better, it's much smaller form factor, and any of your devices can be a remote, Much cheaper and can do pretty much everything the Roku can do. I have heard of a lot of peoples' Rokus not lasting long at all, too. Seems to be a pretty common issue. If that's the case with this, at least it is cheaper to replace.

    • Jordan

      It's $35 is the main selling point. What do you plan to use this for? Roku has it's own user interface, apps, blah blah. You interact with it through a remote. Chromecast is basically using your android phone as a remote. Say you're scrolling through youtube videos & you see one you want to watch. You hit a button & it "beams" it over so to speak.. but it's being streamed through your phone.

      I personally prefer this because I can browse the content on my phone, but watch it on a HDTV.

      • Ezzie Goldish

        Well I wanted Roku to watch TV shows/movies easily. Roku's interface seemed easy to use (more similar to traditional TV).

        I don't mind streaming through my phone (S3), but will that reduce my ability to use my phone simultaneously? And how easy is it to stream Netflix through the phone, let's say to lie down and watch a movie?

        • Benjamin Rubenstein

          It won't limit you using your phone at all. It's not streaming from the phone itself. The phone is just used for commands. It streams directly from the Internet. It's not like this will be sucking up your phone battery or anything.

          • Jordan

            Are you sure? I was under the impression it streamed via the phone. Like Apples Airplay?

          • Benjamin Rubenstein

            100% positive. It doesn't do mirroring. Though that woulda been nice.

          • Jordan

            That's awesome. I just kind of assumed since it was $35 it was just mirroring & you wouldn't be able to use the phone. What about when you use it for chrome for a PC... does it still do it the same way, or is it mirrored?

          • Benjamin Rubenstein

            It basically shows a specific tab that you select. You can work in other tabs without affecting it.

          • Ezzie Goldish

            So basically it's more like a remote for a browser attached to my TV?

          • Benjamin Rubenstein

            Kinda... But not really. Watch this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnf_nR-XskU

  • Detonation

    $11 for this? No brainier, even if I already have a smart TV, gaming consoles, and a home theater pc. If anything it will be useful for friends' houses.

    Except I waited a little too long and now even with Prime it could be delayed 1-2 days

  • timrcm

    Very awesome! Thanks. Canceled my play store order and placed it with Amazon instead. Now I just wish I had Prime.

  • PhineasJW

    So, anyone know if you can plug this into TV HDMI1 and have TV HDMI2 (ARC) transfer the multichannel audio back to the receiver?

    Or would you need an optical cable?

    • youareme7

      i believe that will work, i remember outputting video+audio from a laptop on hdmi 2 and the sound came out of my soundbar via ARC on Hdmi 1. shoot, i'm second guessing myself now, i guess i'm not sure. i hope it does

      • PhineasJW

        I ended up plugging mine directly into the receiver. It does the HDMI switching when it gets a signal, and it also decodes AC3/DTS for Netflix. YouTube doesn't passthrough HD audio correctly at the moment...I'm only getting Pro Logic II there.

  • Andy Stetson

    Ordered 3, one for each tv ;) Because i'm lazy and don't want to have to move it.

  • Shawn Cheever

    Bought! Thanks AP.

  • RoachForLife

    I assume the answer is yes but if I bought one for each of my TVs (four) then I would get 12 months worth of Netflix programming? Or does Netflix limit this to just 3months regardless of the number of units purchased? Thx

    • Eric Jones

      It says that it doesn't stack. You could of course just activate it on different accounts. It's not like it's hard to create a netflix account. They may track it by credit card or address though, and not just account.

  • James Seagle

    I'm getting a delivery date of July 30th even though I have prime.

    • Eric Jones

      You took too long to order, and didn't get out with the first batch of unknown numbers, or you live in a strange place that's hard to ship to. It says there is a delay of a few days now, it didn't when I bought mine. I had the site spammed and ordered mine before AP even listed it though.

    • Dart

      Same here. I'd literally ordered it within thirty seconds of it showing up after tons of refreshing.

      To be honest, though, I don't mind waiting a week. It's better than the 3-4 weeks that it's showing now.

  • EH101

    Shipping is August 21st now. Don't waste your time.

  • JensAstrup

    Estimated delivery: Aug. 20, 2013 - Aug. 21, 2013 Usually ships within 3 to 4 weeks.

    You can order it today, but it looks like they still plan on sending it out in a few weeks time.

    • Ryan Stuckmaier

      When this went live it was available. I got mine saying it will be delivered Friday. They quickly ran out of stock, then ran out of "incoming" stock, so now it even shows completely out of stock.

  • jamaall

    good thing i ordered while i could. getting it friday. thanks AP!! If you try to buy now, it'll be 3-4 weeks.

  • jamaall

    does anyone know what time the Nexus 7 will launch on Google Play? I need to camp it out. Thank god i'm off work the 30th. If they use UTC, it will be at 8pm est. (i hope they use that).

  • Jaymoon

    Ha, I enabled the "notify me when these are available" earlier today. No email from Amazon, and they are already gone.

  • jamaall

    i hope they're stockpiling the Nexus 7, they better expect thousands of orders in a few minutes lol

  • Ruben Martinez Jr.

    Note the "usually ships between 3 to 4 weeks" notice.

  • Seb

    Does someone have seen the product number of Chromecast? H2G2-42 in reference of the movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • Dart

    Grabbed two literally the second they added it. I'd been refreshing the page since the Google event ended.

    Great deal with the three months of Netflix. Cant wait.

  • Michael Chapman

    It's now officially sold out on Amazon. Best Buy still has it.

  • Gabe Stover

    Got a pair from Amazon ordered before they went out of stock entirely - we'll see when they actually show up, as I was quoted an estimated delivery of August 21-22

  • The_16th_Doctor

    Ahhhhhhhh, already ordered from the play store, was going to cancel and order from amazon, but amazon is out of stock

  • Justin W

    Play and Amazon are sold out. What a surprise, though, Best Buy still has them

  • mgamerz

    "and allows you to beam videos, movies, music, and more directly from your tablet, phone, laptop, or Chromebook Pixel"

    Is that just bad wording or is it 'only' chromebook pixel? I have the Samsung Chromebook (Love it)... don't make me unhappy :(

  • Scott

    I must have gotten mine in early. I have Est delivery of Friday the 26th.

  • MeCampbell30

    The cake is a lie.

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    Once this gets HBO Go / Showtime Anytime I will jump right on it.

    • e2

      it doesnt'? i have that on my phone!

  • John-Mark Clawson

    I'm guessing this is compatible with computer monitors as well? No more having to put my phone into airplane mode to stream via MHL.

  • enomele

    Out of stock. Should have got it earlier.

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